Romeo's third TD gives Wilton 20-17 OT win

Quarterback R.J. Romeo's third touchdown run of the game, a one-yarder, gave the Wilton High football team an exciting 20-17 overtime victory over host Danbury on Friday night.

The victory raised the Warriors' record to 3-5 with one game remaining. The Hatters fell to 1-7 with the loss.

With the game tied 14-14 through regulation play, the teams headed to overtime. Danbury got the first possession, starting from the Wilton 10-yard line and had to settle for a field goal after not getting into the end zone on its first three downs.

The Warriors then took over at the Danbury 10, and running back Joe McFadden bulled his way inside the Hatters' two-yard line on first down. A second carry by McFadden picked up short yardage, setting up Romeo's game-winning touchdown on the next play.

Wilton scored the only points of the first half on Romeo's two-yard sneak with 7:15 left in the opening quarter. The touchdown capped a four-play sequence that covered 70 yards, with 59 of those coming on a run by Will Litton. Will Sullivan's extra point made it 7-0, and the Warriors took that lead into the locker room.

Danbury caught a break on the opening kickoff of the second half, as the ball landed untouched and the Hatters recovered at the Wilton 26. Several plays later, Tyren McCrea ran for a touchdown to pull Danbury within 7-6 following a missed extra point.

The Warriors extended the lead on their next possession. A 46-yard run by Litton got the ball to the Danbury 10-yard line, and Romeo followed with a one-yard TD run. Sullivan's extra point put Wilton ahead, 14-6.

But the Hatters answered with under two minutes left in the third quarter, scoring on an 83-yard pass to Pierre Moudourou. McCrea then ran in the two-point conversion to tie the game at 14-14.

Neither team could score in the fourth quarter, with Danbury's last chance ending when Wilton's Chris Hyzy tipped a pass and Matt D'Elisa made his second interception of the game in the end zone.

Several minutes later, Romeo scored his third touchdown and the Warriors came away with the triumph.

Bulletin Sports Reporter Peter Keiser contributed reporting to this story.